There are numerous activities in the surrounding area. Below are just a few suggestions. Click here to go directly to website links to local attractions, shops, restaurants and lodging at the bottom of this page. See our map for many of the locations.
Take a ½ or full day charter fishing trip – various charter captains available - michigancharterboats.com/saugatuck.
Want to go swimming? Visit the Douglas Beach (NC) or Oval Beach ($) to swim in Lake Michigan, or just stroll along the shoreline. [map]
Climb the tallest sand dune in the area Mt. Baldhead – only 302 steps to the top! [map]
Hike the Saugatuck Harbor Natural area just north of the Oval Beach [Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area info & map]
Saugatuck State Park, approximately 5 miles from Saugatuck, offers nature trails where you can hike to Lake Michigan, and picnic areas. [map]
Golfing at the top of your “to do” list? Check out Clearbrook 269-857-2000 or the Ravines 269-857-1616.
If you’re interested in local history, visit the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum (no charge, donations appreciated). Open daily Memorial Day - Sat./Sun. after Labor Day to end of October. [map] Or, the 1866 Old School House History Center on Center Street in Douglas, Open Thursday through Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM. [map]
For a little more action, take the Saugatuck Dune Rides 269-857-2253 ($) for a 40 minute scenic/narrated ride through Lake Michigan’s scenic sand dunes – great fun for all ages! [map]
Want to shop, go antiquing, or gallery stroll? The Saugatuck/Douglas area has many unusual and unique shops to browse through, and over 20 art galleries/studio’s, including Oxbow Summer School of Art.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts (www.sc4a.org / 269-857-2399) has live summer plays at Mason Street Warehouse, films, lectures, exhibits and a farmers market.
Less than 15 minutes away is Fenn Valley Winery ($) 269-543-2396 offering self-guided tours, video and wine tasting; downtown Saugatuck offers wine tasting at Fenn Valley Winery and Tabor Hill, both located on Butler Street. On Blue Star Highway south of Douglas is Saugatuck Brewing Company. Crane’s Orchard’s 269-561-2297 offers fresh fruit in season, and their restaurant, Crane's Pie Pantry, serves a light fare and scrumptious desserts. Virtue Cider (www.virtuecider.com / 269-650-0668) makes their own cider which you can purchase and/or experience a tasting.
The Lake Michigan Maritime Museum ($) 269-637-8078 is located in downtown South Haven, only 20 minutes south of us.
15 minutes north of Saugatuck is Holland offering Craig’s Cruisers, Dutch Village, Holland Outlet Mall, Hope Repertory Theatre, Windmill Island, BAM Entertainment Center, Holland 7 and Star 8 Movie Theaters and for your entertainment.
Felt Mansion (www.feltmansion.org / 616-335-3050) Offer free concerts, public events, tours and more. It was originally the summer home of self-made millionaire, Dorr E. Felt.
Hungry Village Tours (www.hungryvillagetours.com / 269-857-1700). Take a culinary walk or a delicious delve and discover the culinary secrets of the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
For additional area information please visit the web sites listed below.
Location Key: S = Saugatuck; D = Douglas; F = Fennville
RESTAURANTS - That accept group reservations.
Gables (S): 269-857-2162 (5 blocks from our dock on the river)
Clearbrook (S): 269-857-2000 (2 miles from town @ Clearbrook Country Club)
Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery(F): 269-561-2297
Mermaid Bar & Grill (S): 269-857-8208 (4 blocks from our dock on the river)
Pumpernickel’s (S): 269-857-1196 (5 blocks from our dock in downtown Saugatuck)
Spectators (S): 269-857-5001 (2 miles from town just off Exit 41)
Wicks Park Bar & Grille (S), 269-857-2888
There are numerous other restaurants in the area, such as:
Alley's Classic American Diner (D) | The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant (S) | Blue Star Café & Ice Cream Treats (D) | Burger King (S) | The Butler (S) | Borrowed Time (D) | Bowdies SteakHouse & Bar (S) | Christo's Bar & Grill (D) | Cranes Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery (F) | Everyday People Café (S) | Farmhouse Deli (D) | Grow Saugatuck (S) | Hercules (S) | Ida Red's | J. Paul's Restaurant & Wine Bar at the Kirby Hotel (D) | Kilwin's Chocolates (S) | Kismet Bakery (D) | Loco Burrito (S) | Lucy's Little Kitchen (S) | Marro's (S) | Michigan Mitten Brewing (S) | Phil's Bar & Grille (S) | Pizza Mambo (D) | Pumpernickel's Eatery (S) | Ravine's (S) | Respite (D) | Salt of the Earth (F) | Sandbar Saloon (S) | Saugatuck Brewing Company (D) | Saugatuck Drug Store (S) | Saugatuck Tea Company Café (S) | Scooters (S) | Ship 'n Shore - the BARge (S) | Southerner (S) | Spectators (S) | Subway (S) | Thai House and Sushi Boat (D) | Uncommon Grounds - Coffee Roasters (S) | Vicki's Diner (D) | Wally's (S) | Waypoint Restaurant (D) | What Not Inn (F) | Wicks Park Bar & Grille (S) | Wild Dog Grille (D)
LODGING IN SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS
BED AND BREAKFASTS
MOTELS, RESORTS & COTTAGES
ADDITIONAL LINKS TO THE AREA
ADDITIONAL BOATING EXPERIENCES
Passenger Vessel Association – www.passengervessel.com